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2013-14 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Geology

Programs

Center for Environmental, Earth & Space Studies, and Economics
S 126
Phone: (218) 755-2920
Fax: (218) 755-4107

Geology is the study of the rocks and minerals that make up earth and the physical and biological processes that shape earth, both at and below the surface. These processes include plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building, and erosion. Traditionally, geologists have been concerned with industrial application of their skills in such areas as the search for oil and minerals. Today, geologists find that their insight and assistance is also valued in rapidly expanding fields such as geography, environmental studies, engineering, and hydrogeology and in such diverse fields as paleontology and oceanography.

The minor in Geology, coupled with a strong science major, is valuable as preparation for graduate study in geology and related areas. A graduate degree is usually required for career advancement beyond entry-level positions.

Career Directions

Consultant
Geochemist
Geologist
Geophysicist
Hydrologist
Mineralogist
Paleontologist
Petrologist
Planetary Geologist
Science Writer
Stratigrapher
Teacher
Also: Graduate Study

Preparation

Recommended High School Courses
Algebra
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Trigonometry